Normally, there is a lot to say about Madison Bumgarner when he pitches. Tonight, there was a story and he was not the headliner. Mac Williamson was the hero, and almost the goat in the same game. In the 8th, he hit a go-ahead solo home run with the game tied at 1 each to give the Giants a 2 - 1 lead, and then, in left, had a ball clang off of his glove for an error, putting HanRam (or whatever they call him now) on 2nd to start off the 9th. That was his first major league home run!
Not that Madbum didn't play a part and pitch well. Well, although maybe not as well as he had been throwing lately. Effective, although not efficient. Madison was matched up against David Price for the Botox, ace against ace. Madison matched Price, although it took him some effort, like a 30+ pitch 4th inning that limited his night to 6 innings. In those 6, he threw 101 pitches, struck out 5, walked 1 and gave up 4 hits. David Price went 8, threw 107 pitches, struck out 7 Giants, walked 2 and only allowed 3 hits.
Price was the only pitcher for Boston. The Giants, after Bumgarner, used Derek Law for the 7th (1 hit), Cory Gearrin for the 8th (0 hits), and three pitchers to get through the 9th, Casilla, Lopez (1 BB) in a reprise of the Big Papi showdown from last night, and Strickland. Phew! Did I mention that the Giants won this one, 2 - 1? All the scoring was from home runs with the bases empty. Madbum gave up one to Chris Young in the 4th, and Price gave up one to Brandon Belt in the bottom of the 4th. Honorable mention to the only other Giant to get a hit on the night, Matt Duffy.
Brandon Belt looked better than I have seen him for awhile. He looked like he had a clue at the plate and was hitting the ball with authority. That's necessary, with Pence and Pagan out.
That was, in spite of the fact that Madbum gave us only 6 innings, a beautiful pitching duel. And you know what makes it even better? The doggers lost 1 - 0 behind Maeda. The Giants get a day off before Kershaw and Cueto face off Friday night.